REDMOND — As Felicity Kohler and Megan Alldredge, Ridgeview’s No. 1 doubles team, won the Intermountain Conference championship Saturday afternoon on their home courts, they tried not to celebrate too much.
On the other side of the net stood their Ravens teammates — Alaina Clark and Sophie Munn.
“It’s really hard to play them,” Kohler said after defeating her teammates 6-3, 6-1 in the finals. “We want everyone to do really well so it’s really hard playing your teammates. You want to celebrate your accomplishments but you want to console them when they’re sad. We’ve played them a lot in practice but there was a lot more pressure on it (today).”
Alldredge qualified for the Class 5A state tournament with a different partner last year, but this will be Kohler’s first time competing at state.
“We’ve been best friends for a long time,” Kohler said. “The chemistry is there. It’s awesome, especially senior year.”
Kohler and Alldredge, the No. 1 seed in the doubles bracket, were expected to be in the finals. Clark and Munn, who played together on Ridgeview’s JV team last season and entered this weekend’s IMC tournament unseeded, were not.
“We figured we’d lose the second games, to be completely honest,” Clark said of playing Redmond’s Melody Acevedo and Jhoana Nunez, the No. 6 seed, Friday in the second round.
Instead, Clark and Munn won 2-6, 6-2 (11-9). They then defeated The Dalles’ Pearl Guzman and Karla Najera 7-5, 6-3 Friday to reach Saturday’s semifinals against Redmond’s Ingrid Harris and Jessalyn Loza, the No. 2 seed.
After losing the first set 6-4, Clark and Munn fought back to win the second and third, both 6-3.
Clark and Munn both credited Ridgeview coaches Barry Laing and Dave Drullinger for their improvement.
“Dave and Barry are the two most supportive people I’ve ever met in my whole entire life,” Munn said.
Laing, the head coach, said Clark and Munn make a good pair.
“Through the year they’ve got better because they complement each other really well,” Laing said. “Alaina loves to play the net. Sophie can run down anything. Sophie probably ran more steps than a marathon runner this weekend.”
Redmond also qualified two doubles teams for next weekend’s state tournament in Portland.
Harris and Loza defeated Maria Gradilla and Dagne Harris 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in the third-place match.
Gradilla and Harris were unseeded but upset The Dalles’ Lupita Contreras and Natalie Varland, the No. 3 seed, in the second round and Pendleton’s Heiza and Durant, the No. 5 seed, in the quarterfinals.
“We ended up finding the best situation that was going to get the most people to state for us and that was in doubles,” Redmond coach Kelli Tusow said. “We put all our best people in doubles and went from there.”
The Dalles won the IMC team title. Ridgeview and Redmond finished third and fourth, respectively.
The 5A state tournament is Friday and Saturday at the Portland Tennis Center.
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